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Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö

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Born: April 30
Hometown: Oulu, Finland
Current location: London, United Kingdom
Current status:

Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö is a Finnish Professional Ballroom dancer, specializing in the Latin division. She is a former 4-time British Open to the World Professional Latin Champion and the owner of the Haapalainen Suutarijääskö Dance Studios with partner and husband Jukka Haapalainen.

Overview

Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö started dancing ballet at the age of 5 in her native town of Oulu, Finland. At 10, she switched to Dancesport.

Sirpa began to win a number of Dancesport Championships in Finland in the 10 Dance division with her partner, Timo Pukkila. She also began gathering several titles in the Junior category with Pekka Suutari-Jääskö. After that, she was a finalist in Junior Latin Championships with Tony Wong.

In 1989, Sirpa teamed up with Jukka Haapalainen and turned to the Professional division of Latin American Championships.

Professional Division

Jukka and Sirpa achieved many titles. Their accomplishments include becoming 4-time Professional Latin British Open to the World Champions, 2-time European Latin Champions, UK Open Professional Open to the World Champions, and International Professional Open to the World Champions.

At the peak streak of their success, during 1997-2001, they won a large number of 1st and 2nd places in various international championships.

They retired from competitive dance in 2002 and have become Latin Cabaret dance artists.

For their performances in Professional Latin DanceSport competitions, the couple has earned a number of (non-championship) awards, including the World Dance & DanceSport Council's ”Isadora Duncan” Award (2002).

Stage, TV, and Performance

Sirpa and Jukka have been guest performers as well as adjudicators on Finland's "Dancing with the Stars". The couple has also performed various times in The World Super Stars Dance Festival. They have gone on tour throughout Europe, the Americas, Japan, China, the Philippines, and Australia.

Sirpa along with Jukka are the owners of their own Haapalainen SuutariJääskö Dance Studios. They also travel much between England, Finland, and Japan.

Accomplishments

Stage, TV, Performance

  • Finland's "Dancing with the Stars", Guest Perfomer, Adjudicator
  • The World Super Stars Dance Festival, Multi-time performer
  • Gone on tour throughout Europe, the Americas, Japan, China, the Philippines, and Australia
  • Performer in The Wolfbride, a dance drama based on Aino Kallas's short story and adapted and directed for stage by Tiina Puumalainen - (Tampere Workers' Theatre, Finland), Performer
  • Performer in Black Rose's Tango Musical, Seinajoki Theatre (Finland)
  • Performer in Lorca's Blood Wedding, Turku Theatre (Finland)
  • Performer in Disposable Object Cabaret, Aleksander's Theatre, Helsinki (Finland) & Linnateatteri (Finland)
  • Performer in Latin Quarter Danceshow, Savoy Theatre, Helsinki (Finland)
  • Lost Moon created by Jorma Uotinen, Choreographer in 3 scenes
  • Eurovision Song Contest Opening Show, Choreography and Performance, Helsinki (Finland)

Awards

  • 4-time Ballroom Dancers' Federation Award Winner for outstanding Achievement in Professional Latin
  • Prince Mikasa of Japan Award Winner
  • Carl Alan Award Winner
  • Le Classique de Dance Award Winner
  • World Dance ”Isadora Duncan” Award Recipient (2002)

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